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BlackBerry App World to premiere next week?

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BlackBerry App World to premiere next week?
The BlackBerry App World could be making its debut next week according to a report by Business Week. The announcement launching the application store is expected to come directly from RIM's co-CEO Mike Lazaridis during his keynote speech at the CTIA show in Las Vegas on April 1st. Other companies that have announced application stores include Nokia, Microsoft, Google and Palm. Apple's App Store is the leader that the others are all chasing. RIM is trying to lure developers by taking a 20% cut of the price paid by BlackBerry owners to buy an application vs. the 30% Apple takes with their store. Furthermore, where the lowest price download at the App Store is 99 cents, the floor for the App World will be $2.99. The idea is to keep novelty gimmicks like fart sound files at the Apple store where the buyers are less likely to be as business oriented as BlackBerry users are. So far over 800 million applications have been downloaded from the App Store where 30,000 items are now listed.

The application stores can be a serious cash cow for the cellphone companies. The number of smartphones in use is expected to rise to 295 million worldwide in 2010 from 139 million last year and could soon pass the 300 million PC market. Once all of the announced application stores open for business, with all of the potential customers (read smartphone owners) out there, the amount of money that will be changing hands will be staggering giving third party developers and the store owners a chance to score huge windfall profits.

source: Business Week

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:42

1. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


its about time this app store comes about!! even though i already have 30 apps from crackberry and other places..

posted on 27 Mar 2009, 12:00

2. jherz6 (Posts: 215; Member since: 23 May 2008)


The storm fair thee well I highly doubt it, and two years behind the times I dont think so. Apple just recently came out with a 3g version of the iphone, where Blackberry has had 3g versions for years and is about to go 4g or LTE. Who is Chasing whom. All these other childish apps like fart sounds are just that childish. Deal with it. Is the iphone a smartphone or a toy? Blackberry has about 70 percent of the market share, so again who is chasing whom? Hell you cant change the battery yourself on the iphone how out dated is that?

posted on 27 Mar 2009, 12:41

3. heavybreathing (Posts: 276; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)


Blackberry doesn't determine whether or not they are 3g the carriers do. And again, Iphone was the first touchscreen phone that ment anything...until that came out noone had any interest in getting into the business. Then Blackberry being the money hungry shitheads they are first state "we'll never do a touchscreenlol" then they saw money signs and then what came out? Then apple did the app store and Blackberry saw money signs...then what came out? Face it, Blackberry isn't a company of innovation...all they do is add stupid little gimmicks to already marketable ideas. "clickable" touchscreen anyone? Enjoy being a follower to one of the most unoriginal companys in existance. EDIT: Iphone and the storm are both shitty phones I just hate followers of either. Douchebags

posted on 27 Mar 2009, 12:50

4. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


For as much as I really don't care for your comments, I must say, Well Done. :)

posted on 27 Mar 2009, 17:51

6. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


the iphone ocmmercials are gay...they are all about their apps! lets see ehat else the phone can do

posted on 27 Mar 2009, 19:30

7. Dood (Posts: 269; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


The Storm is not business oriented. RIM was trying to invent the 'iPhone killer'. Epic Fail.

posted on 27 Mar 2009, 19:35

8. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i dont understand how its not an iphone killer?

posted on 27 Mar 2009, 19:56

9. The Spartan (Posts: 98; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)


-shakes head- Where are they coming from? I mean really, one after another, I have these fools just flowing out of the woodwork. It's almost like the Godfather pulls them out, then I have to smite them. Where do I begin... First off, if the carriers decide, then tell me why T-Mobile didn't make the Curve 8900 3G. Or why all of VZW's recent BB's have been 3g? It's the phone model. Perhaps the carrier has some say, but it's not all up to the carrier. RIM has final say. Second off, iPhone was not the first TS that meant anything (nice spelling there bud.). Ever heard of the PALM TREO, or were you too young for that? Sure, it didn't have the swiping technology or multi-touch, but don't sit here and spew out this BS about how the iPhone was the first big TS out there. There were plenty of PDA and PPCs that came long before it. And they were very popular. No one had any interest in TS's? Right, so tell me, when more and more PPC's and PDA's and Smartphones began to emerge, the market was all ready moving with the trends of needing touch screens (like found other nifty devices such as GPS's) and the need for QWERTY keyboards to keep up the rampaging texting, they weren't going for something similar to an iPhone? I mean sure Apple did create a bit of a revolution with the iPhone, but don't you dare say that it was all due to the iPhone. That's just ignorant. And yeah, RIM said they didn't want a TS because they found it impractical. You say they decided they wanted one because they were "money hungry shitheads." I say, sure, it's a business. It's about making money there Captain Obvious. It's also about keeping in touch with the market and staying ahead of the curve, which is why they changed their minds. The customers wanted TS, so they got a TS with the Storm. And you speak of money hungry companies? Apple. You don't think they're money hungry? DUDE, THEY PATENTED THE FINGER SWIPE ON DEVICES. Did you forget that, or did you just not know like everything else I've told you so far? And unoriginality...please dude. You know that awesome multi-touch technology Apple has? Yeah, Apple didn't invent that. Fingerworks did, and when Apple decided to make a cell phone (because they are what you would refer to as "money hungry shitheads".) they bought Fingerworks out back in 2005 and applied their multi-touch technology to their new device in 2007 - the iPhone. I haven't seen RIM do anything close to that cutthroat nature yet. And since we're talking about all this innovation that Apple does, let's move to App Stores. You think that was all Apple? I'll say one thing: PALM. Here's another: HANDANGO. Done, I'm moving on. You call that clickable touch screen a gimmick eh? Well it sure isn't a button that causes a fart noise to emerge. They did it to draw in customers, not like they're saying a 2g phone is 3g. Oh wait...did I just...Yeah, I did. You think the iPhone and Storm are both bad? Dude, I think they're both great. They're sure a hell of a lot better than that piece of garbage the Black Jack 2. Oh, you hate followers of each? Why? Because we have the money to buy something that you can't afford? Oh...well I'm sorry. As they say, Don't hate the player, hate the game. And I'd much rather enjoy being a douchebag with a brain, than retarded trash like you. Enjoy being in the same group as your boys Jyakotu and Artz - The gang of retarded trolls running amok on PhoneArena. Please don't post again until you're educated, moron.

posted on 27 Mar 2009, 21:25

10. The Godfather (unregistered)


You know nothing. LG Prada....read about the FIRST TOUCH SCREEN PHONE to mean anything, your just too narrow minded to see how crApple ripped off a revolutionary design from someone else and profited by brain washing morons such as heavybreathing. BB is not a company of innovation? Are you the dumbest person to ever say anything on the internet? Ever? Innovation is when you directly push emails over the air and make them appear on a handset before they appear on the cmputer. Innovation is full qwerty devices with on board capability to multi task, mms and web browse with working your outlook and word docs on the go. Attaching a camera, making it a touch screen..... thats called PROGRESSION.

posted on 30 Mar 2009, 06:48

12. heavybreathing (Posts: 276; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)


You know what I love the most about this comment? You got so pissed off over the internet that you wrote a 5 paragraph essay about how pissed off you are. You can call yourself educated all you want you still got trolled X's 1000. I'll keep posting.

posted on 30 Mar 2009, 14:37

13. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


And you will also keep being wrong!

posted on 27 Mar 2009, 16:52

5. VGirl (Posts: 27; Member since: 14 Jan 2009)


First of all the Iphone is not a pda or smart phone. It is in fact only eye candy. Second of all I am so tired of people saying the Iphone had the first anything. App stores have been around in lots of carriers for a long time. Such as get it now and Brew!!! It’s no different. Also when it comes to the whole touch screen Palm has all of you beat and it just wasn't in cell phones but in actual palm pilot. The only reason why the Iphone is so dang special is because everyone as a whole likes apples Ipod. It is not surprising why they try to come up so many not so new things to add to the phone to try to keep customers interests.

posted on 28 Mar 2009, 14:06

11. Dood (Posts: 269; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


This is awesome. I wish that I could type in audible clapping noises. I'm amazed at how big of a deal this is. Storm is an awesome phone. The only thing that makes it bad is it's 'click' screen. Sure, your more accurate at the cost of making it slow you down unless your using vlingo. Which is a pain in the arse to install on the storm. I hate that magic keyboard that gets in the way... iPhone is pretty cool, too. Although the only people I've ever seen with one are people who brag about having one, or heavy mac users that the blackberry won't work with. Both are great phones. Both could be better. Both won't work for everyone. But let's get angry about it! WHEE!

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